Once the smoke and the fans had cleared from the pitch, and Sheffield Wednesday left League One to the sound of
, the fact sunk in that one of the cruellest and most bizarre gambles of the season had paid off spectacularly.
In February, after victory in the Sheffield derby, Milan Mandaric fired his manager, Gary Megson, a former Wednesday player and the son of a Wednesday player. You felt for him now. He might have led the club he loved to promotion, but it is doubtful he would have done so in the same style as his successor, Dave Jones.
"My remit was promotion and when I arrived here I thought it would be through the play-offs," said Jones. "I am pleased for the chairman. He made a big, big call and I have repaid him. I have had a lot of good times in football and I make sure I enjoy them because the bad times hit you hard."
Their run had been timed perfectly. Until last Saturday they had been behind Sheffield United, whose failure to beat Stevenage at Bramall Lane ultimately proved decisive. There was never any doubt that against a Wycombe side that had ...